THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU TAKE YOUR DOG CAMPING
Our dogs are essential parts of our family, so why shouldn’t they be allowed to enjoy the family camping holiday? The dog will love the outdoors, the kids want the dog there and besides, it’s not a real holiday without the family in its entirety. But there are some things to consider and steps to be taken before you take your dog camping with you.
Getting your job accustomed to being in a tent is essential before you take it camping and expect it to sleep with you in the tent. Setting a tent up in the garden and getting your dog to come in it for an hour a day will get them used to it. If they are reluctant, put their bed in it and get in there yourself, but most love the novelty of it and quickly get used to the new bedtime setting.
If you are planning on taking him hiking with you on the trails you might need to ease him into it. Taking him on gradually longer walks will help them become used to walking longer distances. Humans can walk longer distances than dogs and you don’t want to end up carrying them for hours on your first day hiking.
FINDING A CAMPSITE
Finding the best campsite for dogs will require a little research and investigation. You will need to find a campsite which allows pets, but also check the local hiking trails. Some national parks completely prohibit dogs so be aware what trails you can take the dog on. Also, check if you will need to keep the dog on a lead while out walking.
Some campsites also charge extra for pets or charge the same amount for them as a human. It’s worth checking the price before you make the trip over there so you aren’t stung by a fee. Here is a list of pet-friendly campsites in Australia.
GET YOUR VACCINATIONS UP TO DATE
This is particularly important when camping as your dog is likely to be interacting with other dogs and potentially, wild animals. For this reason, it is also a good idea to use a tick or flea repellent on your dog before you take them to the bush. This is for your safety as much as theirs, especially if you’re going to be sharing sleeping space. You don’t want to take any extra passengers home with you after your trip in your clothes and hair.
HIKING WITH YOUR DOG
The bottom of dog’s feet can be quite sensitive. If you are doing a lot of walking on rough terrain put some boots on your dog to protect their paws. If their paw does tear or cut keep the wound clean by washing it every night and using alcohol. This won’t be pleasant for the animal but will prevent infection.
If you are going to put a pack on your dog, it is best to keep it below 20lbs. Get him or her used to wearing a pack before you leave as well, slowing increasing the weight until your dog is completely comfortable walking longer distances with the pack.
Finally, look for camping locations that are dog-friendly or off-leash. These are the best because you will find other like-minded dog owners who love to take their dog camping with them.
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